Tracey Denton-Calabrese

Tracey Denton-Calabrese

Tracey Denton-Calabrese is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. Deeply influenced by her work as a secondary education teacher and technology curriculum coordinator, she conducts ethnographic research in the areas of school culture and the use of information and communication technologies.

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The abstract: The All-Important First Impression

We’ve all heard the phrase “first impressions count” and, whether it is for a job interview or even a first date, we all want to make a good impression. When writing an article, dissertation or thesis, your abstract provides the first impression of your work. Based on the brief description provided in the abstract, readers…

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Enhance your Knowledge with Online Sources

There are an abundance of online sources available today to enhance learning. You may want to start with the librarians at your university before looking further afield. They should be able to assist you with locating helpful online resources to enhance your knowledge of a particular topic. Additionally, a large number of universities and other…

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What’s the evidence? How to Critically Examine Text

When reading a journal article or book, it is important to evaluate the author’s arguments rather than simply accepting them as valid. You should ask yourself: what is the evidence that supports particular statements? Passionate emotions, intuition, deep personal beliefs, and allegiance to particular authorities or “schools of thought” are not evidence; they are sources…

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Study Groups: Are Two Heads Always Better Than One?

We’ve all heard the phrase “two heads are better than one.” However, when it comes to study groups, there are a few things you need to consider before forming or joining one.  First, you want to try to find out if potential group members will be responsible and prepared to contribute to group study efforts.…

Mapping to Manage the Mind – Organise your Thoughts

Mapping to Manage the Mind – Organise your Thoughts

If you are looking for an alternative to the linear method of taking notes and organizing your thoughts then consider using mind maps. A mind map is a visual diagram of thoughts and ideas. This visual tool can help with the organization and structure of ideas. The term “mind mapping” was coined by Tony Buzan,…

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The Benefits of Speech to Text Software

About a year ago I was having a conversation with a good friend about her doctoral dissertation. She was having challenges with the writing process. However, when I began to ask her questions about her research, she was able to talk it through clearly and at length. She knew her topic well and was very…

The Benefits of Text to Speech Software

The Benefits of Text to Speech Software

Text to speech software enables you to hear text on the screen read aloud. It can be an extremely useful tool for all students, particularly those with learning difficulties. For example, you can use text to speech tools to help improve your writing. Just activate the function on your Mac or PC to listen to…

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Break It Down: Getting to the Main Points of Books and Articles Quickly

The amount of required reading you encounter as a university student can sometimes seem overwhelming. However, don’t despair, as there are things you can do to make the reading process more efficient and increase your understanding of the literature. For example, don’t try to read articles or books from beginning to end if your time…

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Understanding Visual Stress

Visual Stress, also referred to as Meares-Irlen syndrome, is a term used to describe multiple symptoms associated with visual perception problems. Symptoms may include eye strain, migraine headaches, light sensitivity, experiencing glare from a page, the perception that words or letters on a page are blurred or moving or that patterns are emanating from the…

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Positive Action! Extended Time on Tests for Students with Dyslexia

Positive Action is a governmental measure under the Equality Act 2010 that allows universities and other organizations to take action to alleviate disadvantage experienced by certain groups.  For example, those with learning difficulties may have reasonable provisions available to them based on their needs. Reasonable provisions could include a number of resources that support students…